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Not much Fry, lots of others.
on 17 March 2010
I was disappointed with this and haven't returned to it since buying it a while ago.
I have a few of Mr Fry's fine audio cd's and was eagerly anticipating this not only for its subject matter, but for another civilised session with his master's voice. But no, he's more of a linksman than a host, and thus the stage is left for any number of self-important people to drone endlessly about narrow slices of this broad language. And the actual linguistic examples for each section quickly deteriorate into unnecessarily crude ones which I found to be very disappointing. Surely we don't need to be given the history of a certain part of a dog's anatomy? It's not particularly funny and becomes even less so as the clock ticks away and yet more time is wasted, and then it is referred to again.... and again.
Every now and then on the tv series QI the humour can stray into the realms of the playground which undermines all the clever quips, and this goes the same way. Only the section on puns is worth hearing, and hardly surprisingly it is the first subject dealt with. The remaining parts 2, 3 and 4 can be left on one side.
I'd say the rent-a-drone folks and their bizarre voices occupy way too much of this and it's been completely mis-represented as a Fry vehicle. He's hardly there.